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Lower Back Pain After Car Accident

Lower Back Pain After Car Accident 

Some of the most vulnerable areas on the human body in a car accident include the neck, head and back. These body parts are sensitive to sudden movement or great force caused by a car slamming into something. But you can also get a back injury from a minor accident because the human body is not designed to absorb the enormous pressure of a car accident even if it’s a low-speed collision. A car accident lawyer can help you file a case against the negligent driver that caused the accident where you were injured.

Whiplash And Back Injury Symptoms

The strong back and forth movement of the neck that occurs when a vehicle slams into something or another car can cause a whiplash injury. Most whiplash injuries resolve themselves in a couple of weeks but some can cause long-lasting complications. Some of the symptoms of whiplash include dizziness, fatigue, headaches, trouble turning your neck and more. It can also lead to blurred vision, memory problems and ringing in the ears. 

Similarly, people that get back injuries do not feel the pain right away because of post –accident endorphins that mask pain. This is why you should go to the hospital immediately after an accident even if you feel fine. The sooner you go to the doctor the sooner the doctor can diagnose the back injury and start treating it before it gets worse.

Debilitating Back Pain

Lower back pain can be debilitating and extremely painful. Back pain can stem from strains or tears that are caused by the violent back and forth movement during a collision. In serious cases, the back pain may be caused by an injury to the spinal discs, facet joints and bone structure. Back pain caused by injury to the spinal discs is called discogenic pain. Injuries that often cause lower back pain include:

  • Spinal Stenosis:  This is a narrowing of the space that houses your spine. A bone fragment can get lodged into that space after an accident and cause serious pain.
  • Lumbar sprains: Lumbar sprains occur when excessive force on the back causes muscles, tendons and ligaments to stretch unnaturally.
  • Degenerative spinal disorders:Impact on the spine can cause intervertebral discs to degenerate which leads to pain.

You can experience discogenic pain when bending over, standing, or sitting for short periods of time. You know you are experiencing a discogenic pain when you feel a shooting and sharp pain on the area of the damaged disc or on your groin, buttocks, legs, or feet.

How Back Injuries Are Diagnosed And Treated

Doctors can use x-rays, CT scans, MRIs, bone scans and myelograms to diagnose and determine the severity of back injuries. However, lumbar sprains cannot be diagnosed by imaging which means diagnosing such injuries relies on a particular doctor’s experience. The treatment that will be recommended will be determined by the type and severity of the injury. Treatments for back injuries include:

  • Chiropractic care
  • Injections for inflammation
  • Pain medication
  • Physical therapy 
  • Surgery

A doctor may recommend surgery for removal of a ruptured disk or to alleviate pressure on the spinal cord. 

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